UEFA ban on vuvuzelas
Tuesday, 31 August, 2010
Instruments will not be permitted at Wembley for UEFA games.
Supporters attending Friday's game with Bulgaria at Wembley are reminded that vuvuzela instruments will be prohibited in the Stadium. UEFA have issued a statement regarding the use of the trumpet at any of the games in their competitions, which includes the European Championship and Champions League.
The statement reads as follows:-
"The FIFA World Cup in South Africa was a resounding success in many ways and characterised by the widespread and permanent use in the stands of a special kind of trumpet, known as the vuvuzela.
"In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzelas added a touch of local flavour and folklore. However, their widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe, where the negative disturbance caused would be emphasised.
"The magic of football consists in the two-way exchange of emotions between the field and the stands, where the public can transmit a full range of feelings to the players.
"The continuous drone of vuvuzelas would completely change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game.
"To avoid the risk of these negative effects in the stadia where UEFA competitions are played and to protect the culture and tradition of football in Europe, UEFA has decided with immediate effect that vuvuzelas shall not be allowed in the stadia where matches of UEFA competitions are played."